ANNIVERSARIES: On Sunday February 2 noon Mass will be celebrated for Paddy and Maureen O’Regan and their daughter-in-law Anne and also Mrs Maureen Fitzgerald.
RECENT DEATH: The death took place at his home of Michael O’Neill of Kilnockan Railway Gates in Adare. Mick as he was known universally had nearly reached his century and for most of this time he enjoyed good health and drove his car up to recent years. His funeral took place to St. Nicholas’s cemetery following Requiem Mass at noon on Saturday January 25. Sympathy is extended to his sorrowing wife Margaret, his sons, daughters, brother and extended family and friends.
KENRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The first event of this year will take place on February 19 at 8.00 pm. The talk is on Curragh Chase and the appropriate venue will be the Community Centre, Kilcornan. Our guest speaker is the author of the very popular booklet on Curragh Chase, namely Patrick T Fitzgerald of Adare. Patrick has been visiting the place since his childhood and has built up a store of knowledge on this subject so dear to his heart. His talk will include much new material which has not been public up to now. Members and non-members are invited and welcome.
COMMUNITY GAMES: The local Kildimo/Pallaskenry group are gearing up for the next big event, the Talent Competition to be held in Pallaskenry Community Centre. Participants have until 5pm on February 1 to perfect their skills. Those who are placed first or second in their category will go on to represent their club in the County Finals later on. Competitors must be over six years to participate in the Under 11 and Under 14 categories. The competition categories cater for every possible talent whether solo or group and include Group Music, Drama/Comedy, Singing, Dance Traditional or Modern and the Solo categories include Singing, Traditional and Modern Dance, Recitation and Music. If you are interested in entering the talent competition please contact Maeve on 087 2517080 or Liz Hickey on 087 1158474 before Thursday January 30.
Best of luck to the 15 children from this area taking part in the County Finals of the Art Competition this Saturday. Let the colours flow!
ENTERPRISE: Ever asked yourself is you should start your own business? Limerick County Enterprise Board had you in mind when planning a one-day training course entitled ‘Should I Start a Business’. On Monday February 3 this course will take place at the Woodlands, Adare and introduces the requirements of those who might embark on the adventure. This necessary first step will introduce you to the supports and guidance available for such a venture. Starting at 10.00 am, limited free places are available for those in receipt of Jobseekers Allowances/BTEA and others at €50.
KNOCKFIERNA: Jimmy Denihan, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht will launch a new booklet on Knockfierna on Saturday February 1. This will take place on the hill and will be a guide to the historical treasures dating from the famine period. The efforts over the years to preserve and highlight the importance of Knockfierna in illustrating the most important defining years in our recent history has been largely driven by the tenacity of one man Pat O’Donovan. Access to the hill has been greatly enhanced in recent times as an encouragement for you to join in this unique event. Entertainment in the Rambling House will follow the official launch of the brochure. All are welcome for the 2.30 pm start.
BIRDWATCH: Dr Allan Mee is the speaker at our meeting at Shannon Rowing Club on Sarsfield Bridge on Wednesday February 19 at 8pm. His subject is the re-introduction of the White-tailed Sea eagles and their breeding in Mountshannon. On Sunday February 16 the outing will traverse the river bank in the city.
GAA LOTTO: The draw on January 20 for a Jackpot of €6,900 realised numbers 3, 7, 10 & 21. As no member predicted this combination, ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 were drawn by Tony O’Brien, S Warner, D & K O’Donnell and John and Caroline.
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE CILL DÍOMA: Calling all interested in Knitting & Crochet to join like minded on Wednesday January 29 at 2.30pm in ‘De Bucket’Pub,Ferrybridge,tution by Kathleen Coughlan and Maura Hallam.The next guild meeting takes place on Wednesday February 5 in ‘Seven Sisters’ pub, Old Kildimo commencing at 2.30pm. The Book Club meeting at ‘De Bucket Pub’, Ferrybridge will be held on Tuesday February 11, meeting for lunch at 1.15pm. A review of The ICA Book of Home & Family to be undertaken by all attending. In addition the book currently being read is ‘A Street Cat named Bob’ by James Bowen.